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Britain Apologizes to Libyan Dissident Over Rendition, Torture

Voice of America - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 20:25
British Prime Minister Theresa May issued a rare formal public apology Thursday to one of 15 Libyan Islamists delivered into the hands of Col. Moammar Gadhafi by British and American intelligence services and tortured after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks in the United States. In a letter read out in parliament by Attorney General Jeremy Wright, May apologized to Abdel Hakim Belhaj and his wife, Fatima Boudchar, who was four months pregnant when she was rendered. In the letter sent...
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Iraqi Forces Capture 5 Top IS Leaders in Cross-Border Raid

Voice of America - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 19:14
The U.S.-led coalition says Iraqi forces in coordination with U.S.-backed Syrian forces have captured five senior Islamic State group leaders. In a statement Thursday, coalition spokesman Army Col. Ryan Dillon called the arrest a "significant blow to Daesh," using the Arabic acronym for the extremist group. IS fighters no longer control significant pockets of territory inside Iraq, but do maintain a grip inside Syria along Iraq's border. The U.S.-led coalition...
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White House Condemns Iranian Attacks on Israeli Targets

Voice of America - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 18:30
The White House has condemned Iranian rocket attacks on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights as an "unacceptable and highly dangerous development for the entire Middle East." In a statement issued Thursday morning, the White House said Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) "bears full responsibility for the consequences of its reckless actions" and warned the guard and its "militant proxies" not to take "further provocative...
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Israel Attacks More Than 50 Iranian Targets in Syria

Voice of America - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 17:26
There has been a serious clash between Israel and Iran in Syria. Israel launched a fierce assault on more than 50 Iranian targets in Syria. The military said the Air Force hit weapons depots, logistics sites and intelligence centers used by elite Iranian forces, many of them near Damascus. Missiles also destroyed several Syrian air defense systems after Israeli jets came under heavy fire. All planes returned safely to base. The Israeli blitz came after Iranian forces fired 20...
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Rights Workers Fear Tougher NGO Crackdown in Turkey

Voice of America - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 17:14
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiled his election manifesto this week for June’s snap parliamentary and presidential elections. Pacing the stage of an Istanbul sports stadium filled with flag-waving members of his Justice and Development Party, or AKP, the Turkish leader included in his expansive to-do list a pledge to usher in an era of greater democracy and social justice. His record in government, however, belies his social justice pledge, say civil society leaders...
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Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem Days Away

Voice of America - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 16:50
With the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem only days away, the embassy changed its Twitter handle to reflect the move from Tel Aviv. In a Twitter post on Thursday, however, the embassy said its new Twitter handle was USEmbassyJerusalem, when, in fact, the correct one is @usembassyjlm. Despite the inevitable problems that occur during large relocations, the embassy is slated to open on Monday — fulfilling U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign promise to move the...
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UN Resumes Airlifts of Migrants From Libya to Niger

Voice of America - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 15:44
The United Nations' refugee agency says it has airlifted 132 vulnerable migrants from Libya to Niger, the first group to be flown out after a two-month halt in such evacuations.   The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says the group of refugees and asylum-seekers was flown from Tripoli to Niger's capital, Niamey, on Thursday. UNHCR's humanitarian evacuation program had been halted in early March amid concerns from Niger's government that migrants were arriving there...
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How the Supreme Court Grasps Religion

NY Times Iraq - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 12:45
We’ll soon find out as the justices prepare to rule on the travel ban and a baker who refused to accommodate a same-sex wedding.
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Syrian Refugees Showcase Innovation Ideas

Voice of America - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 11:18
No matter where they live, young people are capable of coming up with fresh ideas about how to improve life in their communities. At a recent exhibition, held in the sprawling Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan, teenage Syrians showcased inventions geared toward making refugee camps more livable. VOA's George Putic has more.
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What Americans Know and Don't Know About the Holocaust

Voice of America - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 10:59
A new survey by the organization seeking restitution for victims of Nazi persecution found Americans lack knowledge about the Holocaust, the systematic state-sponsored persecution and murder of 6 million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. The survey found more than 90 percent believe children should learn about it at school. Recently, a museum exhibit on how the U.S. reacted to the genocide, which took place more than 70 years ago, opened in Washington. Anush Avetisyan has more.
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First Post-IS Iraq Elections: New Era or Same Old Scene?

Voice of America - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 10:47
Iraq's voters will choose from thousands of candidates May 12, voting in the first new national parliament — and, ultimately, prime minister — since the government declared victory over Islamic State militants last year. And as alliances shift at home and around the world, analysts say this election could be the beginning of a new power structure in Iraq. Reporting from Baghdad, VOA's Heather Murdock is on the scene.
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Trump Says Iran Will Agree to Negotiate on Nuclear Deal

Voice of America - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 10:35
U.S. President Donald Trump says Iran is likely to engage in new negotiations on its nuclear program. Trump told reporters Wednesday the United States will impose some of the strongest sanctions on Iran ever and that the United States will work toward a deal with Tehran that will ensure the world's safety. Iran has rejected suggestions to renegotiate any part of the 2015 agreement. Britain, France and Germany say they will continue to uphold the agreement with Iran. VOA's Zlatica...
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Israel Attacks Iranian Targets Inside Syria

Voice of America - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 02:17
Israel said Thursday its fighter jets struck dozens of Iranian military targets inside of Syria overnight in response to rockets attacks by Iranian forces on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The Israeli military said its airstrikes focused on intelligence sites, weapons storage and logistics centers, and that the jets also destroyed several Syrian air defense systems. It also warned it would “not allow the Iranian threat to establish itself in Syria” and said Syria’s government will...
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Appeals Court Bars U.S. From Transferring American ISIS Suspect

NY Times Iraq - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 01:57
In a major war powers decision, an appeals court has blocked the government from forcibly transferring an American detainee to another country.
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First Post-IS Iraq Elections: New Era or Same Old Scene?

Voice of America - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 01:00
A crowd gathered by a police vehicle at the entrance to the historic old market in central Baghdad. "What's going on?" asked Mohammad, a local journalist.   "They caught a thief," an onlooker said. Young men strained to see police load the accused into a van. "And he wasn't even a member of parliament!"  Others in earshot guffawed.     On May 12, Iraqi voters will have a chance to replace their national parliament for the...
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Five Top ISIS Officials Captured in U.S.-Iraqi Sting

NY Times Iraq - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 23:20
After an aide to the Islamic State’s leader was captured in Turkey, the C.I.A. and Iraqi intelligence used him to lure other operatives, Iraqi officials say.
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Hamas Leader: Next Week's Protests to Be 'Decisive'

Voice of America - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 23:10
The Gaza leader of the Hamas militant group on Wednesday said that a mass protest on the Israeli border will be “decisive,” vowing that he and other top officials were “ready to die” in a campaign to end Israel's decade-old blockade of the territory. In a speech to hundreds of Gazan youths, Yehiyeh Sinwar said Hamas has rejected international proposals to stop the weekly, often violent gatherings, which culminate in Monday's mass demonstration. “We can't stop these...
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Europe Vows to Defend Its Interests in Iran

Voice of America - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 22:18
A transatlantic diplomatic tussle appears to be looming after European leaders pledged to defend their countries' commercial interests in Iran, following U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. Fellow signatories Russia and China also said they would stick with the accord. Washington says it will begin phasing in sanctions on Iran in the coming months. Henry Ridgwell reports.
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OPEC Source: Saudi Arabia Will Not Act Alone to Fill Any Iran Oil Shortfall

Voice of America - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 21:29
Saudi Arabia is monitoring the impact of the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal on oil supplies and is ready to offset any shortage but it will not act alone to fill the gap, an OPEC source familiar with the kingdom's oil thinking said. U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday abandoned a nuclear deal with Iran and announced the "highest level" of sanctions against the OPEC member. The original agreement had lifted sanctions in exchange for Tehran limiting its nuclear...
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Trump: 'Very Severe Consequences' if Iran Starts Nuclear Weapons Program

Voice of America - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 20:49
U.S. President Donald Trump warned Iran Wednesday there would be "very severe consequences" if it starts developing nuclear weapons in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from a 2015 international pact aimed at restraining Tehran's nuclear program. In brief comments at the White House, Trump said the United States would "very shortly" reimpose economic sanctions in an attempt to force Iran to negotiate new terms on the deal, its ballistic missile tests and military...
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